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UPDATE: Pac-12 Network Issues Statement

In a statement released Sunday, the new network expressed respect for television workers and its commitment to allowing the workers to decide whether they want a union.

This story was modified Dec. 9, 2012, to include a statement by the Pac-12 Network.

Officials of a new college sports network Sunday released to Patch a statement expressing its respect for television workers, although it will not sign a union contract.

"We respect individuals' right to decide whether to be represented by a union," the statement reads.

A union picket line was held at USC's Galen Center Saturday, as Hollywood union television workers say the new Pac-12 television network refuses to sign a union contract.

In a statement released just after midnight Saturday, the Hollywood-based International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said the new TV network is an "unfair employer.''

IATSE wants the Pac-12 Network to pay standard local rates for daily hires in its jurisdiction area.

Officials of the San Francisco-based network emailed Patch a statement.

"Regardless of how they decide, we will remain focused on creating an environment that is inclusive, respectful and allows us to have direct relationships with our staff and contractors.

"We are building a robust enterprise that offers competitive compensation, an exciting and creative work environment, and growing work opportunities for industry professionals, campus staff and students from our universities for many years to come."

The network went on the air Aug. 15 and is jointly owned by the universities in the Pac-12 conference and several cable companies.

IATSE officials said strike lines would be set up at men's basketball games today at USC, Arizona State and Oregon State universities and the universities of Oregon, and Washington.

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